Palin slams Obama administration over Wikileaks 'fiasco'
November 29th, 2010
08:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin slams Obama administration over Wikileaks 'fiasco'

(CNN) - High ranking members of the current administration are not the only ones criticizing the dumping of hundreds of classified U.S. government documents by the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks - possible 2012 presidential contender and former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is also venting her frustration.

In a post published on the social networking site Facebook on Monday, Palin slams the Obama administration over the document leak saying,"...the latest round of publications of leaked classified U.S. documents through the shady organization called Wikileaks raises serious questions about the Obama administration's incompetent handling of this whole fiasco."

Since this weekend, Wikileaks has published hundreds of classified U. S. diplomatic messages, the first of what the organization says is a quarter million similar documents.

In addition to being published on Wikileaks website, the documents were acquired in advance by five major newspapers in Europe and the U. S. (The New York Times, The Guardian of the UK, El Pais of Spain, Le Monde of France, and Der Spiegel of Germany.) CNN declined a last minute offer to discuss advance access to some of the documents because of a confidentiality agreement requested by Wikileaks that CNN considered unacceptable.

(CNN is committed to carefully and responsibly reporting on the documents already published by Wikileaks and the five newspapers, focusing not only on what the leaked documents say, but also what their publication means for global relations and U. S. diplomacy.)

Earlier on Monday, Palin sent a tweet in which she intoned that preventing the leak was possible, and compared it to an order by a U.S. federal court judge which stopped the gossip website Gawker from publishing excerpts of her book online prior to the book's official release date.

"Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book "America by Heart" from being leaked, but US Govt can't stop Wikileaks' treasonous act?" Palin said in the tweet.

The jurisdiction for Palin's case against Gawker was the American court system; Wikileaks, an international entity whose site is hosted overseas, is not subject to the same jurisdiction.

In her Facebook post, Palin cited issues with the security of military intelligence following the Wikileaks release of 76,000 classified U.S. government documents in July.

"Most importantly, serious questions must also be asked of the U.S. intelligence system. How was it possible that a 22-year-old Private First Class could get unrestricted access to so much highly sensitive information? And how was it possible that he could copy and distribute these files without anyone noticing that security was compromised?," Palin said in the post.

She also criticized the White House for a "lack of urgency" in preventing future leaks.

"It's of course important that we do all we can to prevent similar massive document leaks in the future," Palin said. "But why did the White House not publish these orders after the first leak back in July? What explains this strange lack of urgency on their part?"

Palin did give the government credit for one thing: stopping an Oregon teen who was arrested, law enforcement officials said, after he attempted to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van parked near a tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday.

"We all applaud the successful thwarting of the Christmas-Tree Bomber and hope our government continues to do all it can to keep us safe," Palin said.


Filed under: Obama administration • Sarah Palin • WikiLeaks
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Joey

    "How was it possible that a 22-year-old Private First Class could get unrestricted access to so much highly sensitive information? " is a good question but first answer this: How is it possible that a 20 year old college student hack into a US Governor's email?

    November 30, 2010 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  2. Daiv

    What is scary about this woman is that she really doesn't know where America stops and the rest of the world begins:
    "Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book "America by Heart" from being leaked, but US Govt can't stop Wikileaks' treasonous act?" Palin said in the tweet.
    The jurisdiction for Palin's case against Gawker was the American court system; Wikileaks, an international entity whose site is hosted overseas, is not subject to the same jurisdiction.

    November 30, 2010 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  3. MS

    If George Bush was still president no doubt Mrs Palin would be telling people "these things happen" and "you can't blame bush for everything"

    Also Is she an idiot? Gawker is a website based in the US with servers based in the US. Wikileaks isn't so centralized that it is subject to the authority of one government. I know liberals say it all the time but if Palin runs and wins in 2012 I'm getting the heck out of here while the getting is good.

    November 30, 2010 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  4. Lstrm

    She has a point. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times & announce you're going to do it ahead of time? Call me an incompetent Secretary of State and President.

    November 30, 2010 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  5. rachel

    I really don't like Palin, but the department of defense really dropped the ball on this letting that soldier get a hold of this info.

    November 30, 2010 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  6. Dave

    Palin describes an act by an international entity whose site is hosted overseas as "treasonous", and assumes that this entity could be stopped by an order from a U.S. federal court judge. She is undoubtedly ignorant enough to qualify as the Republican candidate for President in 2012.

    November 30, 2010 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  7. shortmemories

    Her comparison is irresponsible as in her case the jurisdiction was in this county, and as the article states, Wikileaks jurisdiction is overseas. Palin is riding the coat tails of the situation for her own self promotion.

    November 30, 2010 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  8. Seattle Voter

    Hey Sarah! YOU ARE THE REAL FIASCO HERE!... JUST KEEP ON SELLING YOURSELF TO CORPORATE AMERICA!... You're doin' real good!

    November 30, 2010 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  9. TJ

    Does Sarah Palin actually say anything relevant or thought provoking? Seems like most of the time it's just partisan drivel and propaganda for her upcoming campaign.

    November 30, 2010 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  10. jerry

    She is unreal, her comments on PRESIDENT OBAMA (administration) are raising questions if she wants the best for this country or does she just wants to to try and make this country hate him.

    November 30, 2010 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  11. Marry

    “She also criticized the White House for a "lack of urgency" in preventing future leaks.”
    Funny, when it comes to Gov. “interference” the GOP/TP insist of getting the Gov. “out of our lives” but forgets that there already a lot of international efforts to regulate the world wide web and the US presents itself here as a big stumbling stone. As long as it serves “US” there is no willingness to work on problems internationally – but as soon as the neglect hits the US, the screaming starts. Wonder what the US is going to offer at the Cancun climate talks. The GOP/TP will probably prevent progress there too.

    November 30, 2010 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  12. Destruk

    uh, it's not Obama's fault this happens, it's the security clearance system that has been in effect forever. Kinda like if you, Mrs. Palin, got ahold of something top secret I bet you wouldn't be able to keep your mouth shut either.

    November 30, 2010 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  13. Doo Leoo

    ""Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book "(insert idiotic title here)" from being leaked, but US Govt can't stop Wikileaks' treasonous act?" Palin said in the tweet." What is inexplicable is her egocentric belief that the "stolen" contents of her dimwitted book have any relation in scope or import to the potentially disastrous release of Wilileaks content, or that stopping it is as simple as going to court. And why the need for her to mention the title of the book? Must be trying to plug her sales by piggy backing tweets about wikileaks.

    November 30, 2010 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  14. Andrew

    Yes, Palin, you own your book rights, you can win a court case to keep them confidential. The US government though is "owned" by the public, and news organizations do have a right to publish leaked information. Nixon wouldn't have been in trouble if the press wasn't allowed to publish leaked information, freedom of the press kinda is important for keeping the government honest. The two situations are different. It's kinda sad that you don't realize that. Then again, I'm not terribly surprised.

    November 30, 2010 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  15. Dude

    Nice, Palin, way to go drawing those seemingly impossible lines of responsibility to your political rivals. First the intelligence community was criticized for being to tight-gripped on it's information, that it needed to learn how to share. Now you're criticizing it for it's unavoidable weaknesses, all the while not knowing one iota of how complex a task it is to keep the millions of people responsible for our safety informed while keeping that information itself safe. And what would you have the president do, invade whatever sovereign, friendly nation this guy operates out of, risking lives and relations for information, that, to be honest, isn't worth the cost of trying to reclaim? It's impossible to know how many copies are already out there, impossible to reasonably contain this other than appeal to those who would release that information. If it weren't for the fact that this was really just a political cheap shot, I would say you haven't the slightest clue about foreign relations, the intelligence community, or national security. Thank god you didn't get elected, you vapid imbecile.

    November 30, 2010 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  16. Dan

    Does she need to be reminded that someone hacked her own email during the 2008 campaign? She can't even protect her own inbox, how would she have stopped this leak if she was President?

    November 30, 2010 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  17. Scott F

    The first fiasco is between Sarah Palin's ears. The second fiasco is that you continue to give this creton press coverage. The third fiasco is Sarah Palin may be the first "Amoeba" in recorded history to win the Republican Party nomination.

    November 30, 2010 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  18. gg

    The ignorant pig Palin should shut her stupid mouth.

    November 30, 2010 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  19. Dave

    I wish this woman's 15 minutes would end. This is getting ridiculous.

    November 30, 2010 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  20. Epidi

    Oh for God's sake, just shut up and GO AWAY!

    November 30, 2010 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  21. Truthmonitor

    Palin, egomaniac, you are crazy and so ignorant! You don't even know what you're talking about. Please disappear. Media, stop covering her.

    November 30, 2010 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  22. Anonymous

    She really does not have a clue.

    November 30, 2010 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  23. Lisa

    CNN should change its' name to PNN–Palin News Network. The woman is an attention-seeking missile, and you cover her as if her latest spew is the Apollo moon landing. So much for the "lamestream" media being Palin's enemies...what a joke. You are her best friends, and she knows it oh so well. Please stop breathlessly reporting her every burp.

    November 30, 2010 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  24. stepasidesue

    Someone please put Palin our of our misery. Go back to Alaska where you failed as a governor and take care of your family. Your continuing to make ignorant comments everyday must be so embarrassing. For your own sake 'shut up'.

    November 30, 2010 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  25. Mark

    Sarah Palin is terrible, she isn't gaining any ground by her stupid comments, someone please make her go away.

    November 30, 2010 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
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